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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 28, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Wednesday, November 28!

How UB40 got their distinctive name almost 40 years ago
“Rise My Emotion” is new single from Jamaican-born Ras Kronik
UNESCO decision on reggae will come by December 1

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 27, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Tuesday, November 27!

Bob Marley & Wailers long lost photo collection auctioned for £27,0000
Caribbean artists to celebrate Buju Banton’s release at Freedom Roadshow
Nigerian star Mr. Eazi wants to continue pushing mixtapes to his many fans

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 26, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Monday, November 26!

Famed Bristol-based producer Rob Smith talks about UK ecosystem
Ghana’s Stonebwoy wins Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year Award
“Street Teacher” is debut album for Tom Laing from Jamaica

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

 

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 24, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Saturday, November 24!

Fusing reggae and opera with the world’s biggest stars via the Jasmine Project
Helen Obi (otherwise known as Olumireggae) releases her new single “My Heart”
Muta Baruka come to Gambia to launch album

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

 

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ATX Sound System: November 23, 2018

From Mento to Lovers Rock: A BBC Documentary

This week, we’ve been very much enjoying a superb BBC Radio documentary about the history of reggae music. Hosted by Linton Kwesi Johnson, the extraordinary 10-part series starts at the very, very beginning: Episode one explores the earliest roots of reggae in slave culture and in the musics of Africa and Europe that traveled across to the Caribbean. From there, episode by episode, LKJ goes on to traverse mento, calypso, sound systems, ska, Rastafarianism, rocksteady, dub and more, with ample musical examples for each topic covered. Originally broadcast in 1983, these archived programs make for comprehensive (and delightful) listening.

 

The Sounds of Massive B

Since the 1980s, Brooklyn native Bobby Konders has been bringing Jamaican sounds to the mainstream airwaves (most notably on New York’s Hot 97), releasing records out of his Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment and touring the world with his Massive B Soundsystem. This week, he releases the first in a series of compilations that will highlight some of the greatest hits from Massive B’s 25+ year history. Bobby Konders Presents: Massive B Legacy Volume 1 features the likes of Sizzla, T.O.K. and Elephant Man, as well as Richie Spice’s mid-00s hit “Youths So Cold” (which some might recognize as the “Truth & Rights” riddim, originally made famous by Johnny Osbourne). Check out both tracks on our Spotify playlist.

 

Meet Shenseea

A new(-ish) face on the scene who’s been in regular rotation here on the ATX Sound System over the past year, Shenseea is a burgeoning dancehall queen worth keeping an eye on. The Korean-Jamaican singer/rapper (real name Chinsea Lee) grew up in the island’s St. Elizabeth Parish and enjoyed her breakthrough in 2017 with the controversial Vybz Kartel collaboration “Loodi”. Since then, she’s appeared on tracks with Konshens, Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder and, most recently, Christina Aguilera. Wait, what? It’s true, the 23 year-old drops a verse on “Right Moves”, an easy skanking track on Aguilera’s latest Top 10 album. So maybe the word is already out. You can hear Shenseea’s latest single, “Trending Gyal”, on our Spotify playlist.

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 21, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Wednesday, November 21!

Roots reggae artist Spiritual tours West Coast in Nov and Dec
Tash Sultana leads a new generation of reggae artists
Slightly Stoopid, Rebolution, and Sublime headline One Love 2019

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 19, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Monday, November 19!

“As I Am” will be first Julian Marley album in a decade
Chronixx performs three original songs for Music Box episode 39
Famed reggae photographer Peter Simon passes away

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 17, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Saturday, November 17!

Buju Banton sends message to his fans before his jail release
Tarrus Riley releases video for “Guess Who”
New “Reggae Fever” film from David Rodigan makes BBC debut

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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ATX Sound System: November 15, 2018

New Mykal Rose Album

Black Uhuru frontman and reggae stalwart Mykal Rose (fka Michael Rose; around 1990 he changed to the Ethiopian spelling of his first name) has been enjoying an especially prolific decade, with a steady string of recent solo albums. The latest, released this month, finds him teaming up with Northern California’s own version of Sly & Robbie, the Red Lions, who provide an authentic and bass-heavy backdrop for Rose’s vocals. Check out the track “My Friend Herb“, along with its’ instrumental dub version, “Tropical Meditation Dub” below (or on our Spotify playlist).

 

A Good Vintage Reggae Mix

When UK artist Nabiha Iqbal isn’t making her own music, she’s putting her ethnomusicology degree to good use as a resident DJ on London station NTS Radio, where she spins a wide variety of music from around the globe. This past week, she devoted her show entirely to classic reggae, having just returned from a trip to Tokyo with an arm-load of vintage vinyl finds.

 

The Return of Bobby Bobylon and Ska Authentic

Earlier this year, the North Carolina indie label Yep Roc (home to such artists as Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Lowe and Austin’s own Alejandro Escovedo) struck a deal with Studio One to reissue several rare (and crucial) titles that have been out of print for some time. So far, these have included releases by The Wailers, Don Drummond and the super-rare Money Maker compilation. Also included in the series is Freddie McGregor’s must-have classic, Bobby Bobylon. Released in 1980, it proved a landmark recording for the singer who began his career at Studio One in the 1960s as a member of The Clarendonians at age seven. Yes, age seven. Check out the title track from a then-adult McGregor below, or on our Spotify playlist.

The latest release in the series is an ultra-rare 1964 compilation, Ska Authentic. Showcasing the island’s premier backing band, The Skatalites, along with vocal turns from The Maytals, Delroy Wilson and a young Lee Perry, it is said to be one of the rarest LPs in the Studio One catalog (despite most of the tracks eventually turning up elsewhere). Also included is the male/female duo Andy & Joey with “You’re Wondering Now“, a song covered by The Specials years later.

 

This week’s Austin Reggae Fest Spotify playlist

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 14, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Wednesday, November 14!

Matisyahu goes underground for upcoming Jerusalem concert
Samini shares new song featuring KiDi
Sasi The Don collaborates with Anuradha Sriram for upcoming album

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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